Chilliwack, BC“Round Round We Go” – Trooper

One on hand, the thought of another open house on the use of roundabouts is comical. On the other had, it is rather sad that in this day and age, the City of Chilliwack still has to conduct these meetings.

So we will do this again on Wednesday October 21st. Yes bring your questions if you are totally confused by a driving mechanism that is used world wide.

3 thoughts on “Yet Another Chilliwack Roundabout Open House Wednesday October 21”
  1. The RaB’s in this area are not designed in accordance with any we have seen all over North America and Europe! The one at Evans and Hwy. 1 is beyond belief. We and most acquaintances fear for their safety everytime they traverse it. Nowhere else are you instructed to immediatly pass from the inside lane to exit at the departing cross road. The norm is to signal and move to the exit lane when safe and then depart. No talk on the part of City Engineering staff can justify the poor design of these traffic disasters

  2. Tony,
    you confuse modern roundabouts with their distant relatives, the traffic circle and rotary (UK roundabout). . At a multi-lane modern roundabout, like any other multi-lane intersection, motorists should watch for the lane use signs that tell you which lane to be in based on where you want to go. Like other complex intersections, sometimes only the left lane can turn left, sometimes it can turn left and go through, and some times it can go left, through or right. With multi-lane roundabouts entering drivers should yield to all lanes approaching them and not change lanes inside the roundabout. Single lane modern roundabouts are a lot simpler than signals and modern roundabouts work the same even when the power is out.
    The rules for modern roundabouts have been the same for years, and are unlikely to change, since most of them are related to the signs and markings, so they are the same everywhere. Yield means prepare to stop, and do so if the cross street (left of entry in a North American roundabout) has oncoming traffic. A solid white line means you cannot change lanes. A skip line means you can. Pedestrians usually have the right of way at legal crossings if it’s safe for them to start crossing.

    Specific to Modern Roundabouts are these four rules for motorists:
    1. Slow down,
    2. Yield to pedestrians,
    3. Look left and yield to drivers already in the circular roadway (all lanes if more than one),
    4. Signal your exit (keeps things moving).

    Signaling left until you’re ready to exit will also help motorists not jump in front as you go around.

  3. Hi there Tony, Scott

    Scott, don’t mean to muddy the waters here as you’ve provided some really decent information on modern roundabouts but would caution against advising to use any turn signal when at the yield line or within a roundabout in Canada. Driving legislation is actually worded such that if you get into an accident and even if you had the right of way, if you were using a turn signal the other party can argue that they were confused by it. Properly designed MRAB’s are self-explanatory yield intersections with appropriate signage & paint markings and if you don’t educate yourself about which lane to be in before entering that is where a lot of problems can and do occur. Know your lane and be in it, that’s pretty much all the legal standing you need should an accident occur provided you weren’t already breaking any rules ie; d&d, speeding, etc

    My beefs with the Evans Road interchange RAB & the Clearbrook Road interchange RAB is that they are monstrously large! I know why they’re that big, they are built in industrial corridors and so must comfortably accommodate a lot of big rigs every day. The inherent problem with these monsters is that the wider lanes and more of them leads the average driver to think there is more distance between vehicles and so one can just insert themselves into the roundabout at what would probably, really, be an inopportune moment. Also, the use of double lanes all the way around is ripe for misinterpretation (even while being properly designed) and therefore the genesis of most accidents. By contrast, the McCallum Road interchange south RAB also accommodates big rigs but only has double lanes in the north-south direction. The east-west movements are single lanes designed wider than average to allow the big rigs to go where they need to. One leg does come off an overpass but it is at a level grade. The more ‘compact feel’ of this roundabout keeps people from driving to loosey-goosey as well as encouraging slower entrance speeds. One thing however that both the Abbotsford RAB’s have that Evan’s road doesn’t are center island features that cause drivers to slow down and focus on them as they approach. It’s kind of like a built-in attention grabbing slow down device. Engineers have various pro’s and con’s opinions about them but I like them. The Clearbrook road center island has the largest raspberry vine art feature you’ve ever seen (approx. 50-60 ft tall). The raspberries on the vine are bigger than a washing machine each!

    Good luck traversing and tell your friends & family to know their lane ahead of time and be in it.

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